He has been left with one leg shorter than the other, cannot walk or stand without significant pain and has been told he will never be able to run or play rugby again.
Recalling the moment of injury, Rav, who presented the longrunning BBC crime show from 2004 to 2011, said yesterday: “I heard a popping noise, followed by an intense wave of acute pain.
“When I had surgery, they had to cut the full length of my leg down to the knee to locate and reattach the tendon. I’m still in pain every day.
“I used to play rugby every week, go running, and having been in the Army and a police officer in the past my fitness was pretty high.